Miscellaneous Cape Girardeau County, Missouri Obituaries


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Robert Fuerth Ross
Robert Fuerth Ross, age 68 of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, November 14, 1999 in Cape Girardeau.
He was born September 3, 1931 in Cape Girardeau the son of Claude Raymond and Mary Lucille Emery Ross. He married Neva Kay Ervin on May 13, 1955 in Cape Girardeau and she survives.
He was a graduate of Illmo High School, Southeast Missouri State University and the FBI Academy. He was first employed at Ely Walker. He was a 33 year veteran of Cape Girardeau Police Department where he started the Neighborhood Watch Program. He was a 30 year veteran of the 1140th National Guard retiring as Captain. He was also a member of the Faternal Order of Police and Original Police Reserves, a member of St. Marks #93 AF&AM and a Past Patron of St. Marks #167 OES.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church located at 235 Lorimier and Broadway in Cape Girardeau.
He is survived by his wife of Cape Girardeau; 2 sons, Charles William Ross of San Antonio, TX and Robert Wayne Ross of Cape Girardeau; 2 daughters, Susan Kay Ross and Elizabeth Ann Ross both of League City, TX; 2 sisters, Mona Sue Hamilton of Jackson and Jean Ann McLaird of Cape Girardeau; 4 grandchildren, Jordan Hill-Ross, Robert Hill-Ross and Taylor Hill-Ross all of San Antonio, TX and Mary Beth Ross of Cape Girardeau. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be today starting at 4 p.m. at Ford and Sons Funeral Chapel in Cape Girardeau with Masonic Services by St. Marks Lodge #93 at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Hugh V. Stewart and Rev. Charles Lance officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by the Missouri National Guard.
Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church or Southeast Hospice, Cape Girardeau, MO.

Edna Lape
CHAFFEE - Edna Marie Lape, 74, of Chaffee died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Cape Girardeau Residential Care Center.
She was born July 11, 1925, at Chaffee, daughter of Frank Lawrence and Olivia Rose DuMay Graser. She and Ralph Lee Lape Sr. were married April 24, 1946. He died Aug. 17, 1998.
She was a member of the St. Ambrose Catholic Church at Chaffee and belonged to the Daughters of St. Ambrose, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, the Ladies Auxiliary of Chaffee V.F.W. Post and the Ladies Auxiliary of Chaffee American Legion Post. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, Ralph L. Lape Jr. of Jackson and Stephen Lape of St. Louis; a daughter, Mrs. Mitch (Diane) Miller of Cape Girardeau; two sisters, Mabel Shy of Chaffee and Doris Kester of Cape Girardeau; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a brother.
Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Chaffee. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. The Rev. Ralph Duffner will officiate, with burial to follow at St. Ambrose Catholic Cemetery.

Vina Haynes
MATTHEWS - Vina Ann Lomax Haynes, 87, of Matthews and formerly of Sikeston died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at the Sells Rest Home at Matthews.
She was born Sept. 22, 1912, at New Madrid, daughter of Jack Robert and Jessie Ann Tanner Lomax.
She had retired from International Shoe. She was also a member of Matthews Lutheran Church
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Liz and Larry Richards of Benton; a sister, Lavona Miller of Risco; a granddaughter, Cindy Richards of Cape Girardeau; a grandson, Bryan Richards of Tamarac, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Humble of DeValls Bluff, Ark. and Pauline Owen of Des Arc, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Blanchard Funeral Chapel at Sikeston.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Jimmie Trotter will officiate, with burial to follow at Garden of Memories at Sikeston.

Jerry Hollis
Jerry Hollis died unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 9, 1999 at the age of 69 at his winter home in Grove City, Florida.
Jerry was born May 29, 1930 in Flora, Illinois the son of the late Cecil "Red" and Marguerite (Bowman) Hollopeter.
He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where he played varsity basketball. After graduation, he served with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After the war, he joined KFVS-TV in 1956 where he was employed for over 40 years until he retired in 1997. He was first employed at the station as an artist where he created the animated Gristo Feeds and Bunny Bread commercials. He was later promoted to manager of the department which produced commercials. He ended his career at KFVS as an account executive. He received numerous awards for his sales performance, including twice receiving sales man of the year awards from American Family Broadcasting. After retirement, he continued to enjoy an active lifestyle playing golf, hunting, fishing and enjoying his grandchildren.
He was a member of the Jackson VFW and a past president of the Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club.
He is survived by his loving family including his wife of 13 years, Linda; one son, Lee Hollis and his wife Gina of Kansas City, their sons Bruce, Mark and Jeff Hollis, and a daughter Lynne Rhodes and her husband Cliff of Old Saybrook, Connecticut and their daughters Nicole and Lauren. Also surviving are stepsons Michael Duperier of Shalimer, FL; John Duperier of Paducah, KY; Adam Duperier of Jackson, MO; and a step-daughter Lori Haertling of Jackson, MO; stepgrandchildren Zack, Will and Megan Duperier, Cambry, Camden, Wesley & Alex Duperier, Dillon Schermer and Dru Haertling. Also surviving is a cousin, MarthaNell Boor of Carbondale, IL.
Visitation will be from 4-8 Saturday at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson with funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999 at the funeral home chapel. Rev. John Rice will officiate with burial in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of memorials to the American Heart Association.

H. Vernon Johns
PUXICO - H. Vernon Johns, 77, of Puxico, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999 at the Puxico Nursing Center. He was born on June 28, 1922 to the late Harry Van Johns and Vallie Revelle Johns.
Mr. Johns was a retired farmer and Brangus cattle rancher. On Feb. 23, 1944, he was married to Jessamine "Tiny" Tucker Johns, who survives at their home in Puxico. He was a Navy veteran of World War II serving on the ship LST 859; was a member of the Puxico VFW Post 7822; the International Brangus Association; and was a Puxico R-VIII School board member for twelve years, serving as treasurer many of those years. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is also survived by five children and their spouses: Bonnie and Dale Taylor, Patti and Rick McLean of Puxico; Larry and Debbie Johns of Jackson; Darlene Loos of Cape Girardeau; and Kevin and Janet Johns of Dudley. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren: David and Matt Taylor; Chrystal and Brandi McLean all of Puxico; Danielle Massey Johns of Perryville; Coltan Johns of Jackson; Sam and Sarah Loos of Cape Girardeau; Jennifer, Caleb and Emily Johns of Dudley. Also surviving are four great-grandsons: Scott, Dustin and Wyatt Taylor and Bailey McLean all of Puxico. Mr. Johns is also survived by two sisters; Lucy Sadler of Hartford, IL and Vivian Hodge of Puxico; and three brothers: Willard Johns of Bloomfield, Calvin Johns of Bethalto, IL; and Bobby Johns of Jerseyville, IL. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends and relatives also survive. Mr. Johns was preceded in death by one son, Harl Glendon Johns, and four brothers.
Visitation is set for 6 p.m., Wed., Nov. 10, 1999, at the Morgan-Sifford Funeral Home in Puxico with a VFW Memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. at the funeral home chapel, Nov. 11, 1999 with burial at the Brown Church Cemetery near Puxico. Officiating Rev. Ray Placher, Ken Mash and Johnny Buttry.
The family requests memorials be made to the Brown Church Cemetery Fund or to Alzheimer's Disease Research.

Barbara Bode
Barbara Bode, 71, of Mound City, died Monday evening at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 19, 1928 in Jonesboro, IL the daughter of E.H. and Helen Smith. She was the co-owner, with her husband Carl F. Bode Jr. of Bodes Drug Store in Mound City until her retirement. She was a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Mound City, Mound City Public Library Board, VFW Ladies Aux. in Mounds, Pulaski County Historical Society, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Mounds, Pulaski Co. Republican Central Committee, Pulaski Co. Republican Womens Organization, and served as a prescient Committeewoman for the Republican Party in Pulaski County. She was a faithful 50 year member of the Mound City Womens Club where she served as Past President, Secretary, Treasurer and Parlementarian. She currently was serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Beech Grove Cemetery Assoc. in Mounds and Chairwoman of the Mound City Womens Club Beautification Project. She was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Foundation, serving Alexander, Pulaski, Ballard & Mississippi Counties.
Mrs. Bode married her husband, Carl in 1948, before joining him in the family owned pharmacy she was a teacher at Lowell Elementary School in Mound City. Her husband preceded her in death in 1983 as did her two brothers. Mrs. Bode was a dedicated & tireless worker for her Church, family and community.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Carl & Dana Bode, her grandchildren, Allison Bode and Will Bode all of Mound City; her mother, Helen Smith of Jonesboro, IL & other relatives. Visitation is at the Barkett Funeral Home in Mound City where friends may call from 4 pm until 8 pm Wednesday. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home at 10:30 am Thursday with Nell Bierman officiating. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery in Mounds.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Mound City Womens Club Beautification Project, or the Mound City Public Library Book Fund or the Mound City Fire Dept. in memory of Mrs. Bode. Memorials may be mailed to P.O. Box 110, Mound City, IL 62963. The Barkett Funeral Home in Mound City is in charge of arrangements.

Larry R. Corbin
Larry R. Corbin beloved husband of Barbara J. Bednarek Corbin passed away Thursday, November 4, 1999 at the Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was an electrician for the City of Saint Louis. He also was a member of Union Electricians and I.B.E.W. Local #1.
He was born November 20, 1951 in Cape Girardeau, son of Maryann Juden Corbin and Grover C. Corbin.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara J. Bednarek Corbin; mother-in-law, Dee Bednarek of Cape Girardeau; three brothers, Terry, Doug and Scott Corbin all of Cape; two sisters, Nancy Frayser & Christi Lee Corbin; the following sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Diane Goodman, Sandy Pritt, Janet Schmahl, Karin Bednarek, Patricia Pace, Melissa Walker, Michelle Moser, Joe and Tim Bednarek.
He is preceded in death by one sister in law, Carol Wheeler.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999 at Kutis City Funeral Home, 2906 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, Mo. Memorial mass at later time in Saint Louis. Officiating will be Father Michael Lydon of St. Pius V Catholic Church, St. Louis.

Mary Ellen Bridges
Mary Ellen Bridges, 89, of Sikeston passed away Thursday, November 4, 1999 at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
She was born on January 23, 1910 in Lamar, Ark., daughter of Baxter Lane Bridges and Bertha A. Matthews Bridges.
Ms. Bridges began teaching in 1937 at schools in Arkansas and Southeast Missouri, including Crowder, Essex, Gray Ridge, Salcedo, Tanner, Airport School and Southeast Elementary in Sikeston where she retired in 1970. She attended College of the Ozarks at Clarksville, Ark. and was a graduate from Southeast Missouri State University. She also was a member of Retired Teachers Association. She attended Morehouse Church of Christ.
She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Baxter Lee and Velma Bridges of Sikeston; one sister, Louise Norman of Huntsville, Ala.; two sisters-in-law, Helen Bridges of Harriman, Tenn., and Gertie Bridges of East Prairie; nine nieces and spouses, Barbara and Garry Love of Sikeston; Patsy Bridges of Sikeston, Virginia and David Dupont of Sikeston, Glenda (Spangler) Bridges, with whom Mary Ellen resided, Carol and Eddie Hendrix of Richmond, Virginia, Anita Kay Flowers of Huntsville, Ala., Sherry and Keith Hawkins of Huntsville, Ala., Annette and Ed Whitner of Sebring, Fla., Becky and Jim McCord of Centerville, Tenn.; one nephew, Tommie Lee Bridges of Virginia Beach Virginia; eight great-nieces; seven great-nephews; three great-great-nieces; and two great-great-nephews. She was loved by all that knew her and will be missed tremendously.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999 at Blanchard Funeral Chapel. Mr. Woodrow Phillips officiating, of Morehouse Church of Christ. Visitation will be at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999 at Blanchard Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.

Vera Irene Harland
Vera Irene Harland, 82, of Palm Springs, Calif., died of complications from pneumonia on Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif. She was born on Feb. 7, 1917, in Piedmont, Mo., to Flynn and Sarah Sparks Dunnegan, the youngest of seven daughters. She grew up in St. Louis and Piedmont. During her early years, she was a dental assistant in St. Louis and later she and her sister owned and operated a retail fabric and women's wear store in Ironton, Mo. She was married to the late Dr. R. E. Harland, M.D. She and Dr. Harland made their home in Ironton for many years where he had a private medical practice, and they owned and operated the Lone Pine Hotel and Restaurant. In 1971, they moved to La Jolla, Calif., where he continued a shared medical practice until his death in 1976. Due to failing health, Vera moved into a retirement facility in Palm Springs, Calif., in 1989. As her health continued to decline, she was moved to Premier Rehab and Nursing Center in late 1997, and on Aug. 27, 1999 suffered respiratory arrest from aspiration pneumonia and was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center where she died in the hospital's Hospice unit on Oct. 10, 1999.
She is survived by her four children: Mike Harland and daughter-in-law Lynn, of San Diego, Calif., Pam Harland Joggerst and son-in-law Jim of Jackson, Mo., Gary Harland of San Diego, Calif. and Sally Harland and son-in-law Tony of Palm Springs, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Annette Jostes of Columbia, Mo., Heather Ricketts of Newport Beach, Calif., Rebecca Hahn of St. Louis, Kelly and Lindsay Harland of San Diego, Calif., Lauren Rafter of Diamond Head, Calif., James Patrick Harland of San Diego, Calif. and Sarah Severson of Palm Springs, Calif.; two nieces, Patsy R. Feller of Longview, Tex. and Betty Sobo Dye of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; four nephews, Robert Sobo of St. Louis, Bill Sobo of Seattle, Wash., Van Johnson of St. Louis and Dan Johnson of Warrenton, Mo. Numerous great nieces and nephews also survive.
Her husband, parents and sisters, Rita, Blanche, Hazel, Opal, Perma and Grace preceded her in death.
A private family service was held in Palm Springs on Oct. 13, 1999 at the Palms Springs Mausoleum. A second private service was held at her burial in El Camino Memorial Park and Mortuary in San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 15, 1999.

Ossie Pearl Bonds Enders
HERRIN, Ill. - Ossie Pearl Bonds Enders, 54, of Herrin died Friday, July 7, 2000, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center at St. Louis.
She was born Oct. 15, 1945, at Randles, Ill., daughter of John and Rosie Breese Bonds. She and Richard Paul Enders were married July 10, 1974. He died June 29, 1998.
She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church at Whiteash, Ill.
Survivors include a son, Kevin Wilkerson of Johnston City, Ill; three stepsons, Bill Enders of Tinley Park, Ill., Bob Enders of Orland Park, Ill., and Tom Enders of Kenosha, Wis.; three brothers, Henry Bonds of Kankakee, Ill., Billie Bonds of Herrin, and Cecil Bonds of Johnston City; three sisters, Ethel Hanners of Bourbonnais, Ill., Pauline Mobley Stevens of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Dorothy James of Pocahontas, Mo.; five grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; and a special friend, Gary Cassidy of Bourbonnais.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
Friends may call after 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Chaffee, Mo.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel, with the Rev. 4 b Null officiating.
Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery at Arbor, Mo.

Carl Edward Wulfers
Carl Edward Wulfers, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at the Missouri Veterans Home.
He was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, the son of Edward and Clotilda Seib Wulfers. He and Dorothy G. Bruenig were married June 7, 1958, in Carbondale, Ill.
Wulfers was a member of St. Mary Cathedral. He graduated from St. Mary High School and in 1959 from Rolla School of Mines with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He worked for the Missouri Highway Department from 1958 to 1990, serving as resident engineer for District 10 from 1968 to 1990.
Wulfers served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In addition, he was a member of VFW Post 3838 and Elks Lodge 639.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Wulfers of Cape Girardeau; a son, Mark James Wulfers of Burlington, Ky.; two daughters, Carla Kay Wulfers of St. Clair, Mo., and Linda L. Wyatt and her husband, Jeffery M. Wyatt, of Gordonville, Mo.; three brothers, James, Albert and Gregory Wulfers of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Agnes Latimer of Kansas City, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Thomas Paul and Carly Elena Marie Wyatt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Rosemary Wulfers, Sister Noel Wulfers and Rita Glueck; and three grandchildren, Paul Owen, Tyler Carl and Evan Lee Wyatt.
Visitation will be 7:30 to 9 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Cathedral, with Msgr. Richard Rolwing officiating. Burial will follow at Lorimier Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 3838..

Carl L. Penzel
JACKSON, Mo. - Mr. Carl L. Penzel, a prominent builder of highways and commercial buildings, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at the age of 91, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Mr. Penzel was born Sept. 21, 1908, in San Antonio, Texas, son of the late Linus and Mathilda Kies Penzel. On April 19, 1931, he married the former Mettie Jane Killian.
Loving survivors include his wife, Mettie; twin son and daughter, Gene Penzel of Jackson and Jane Hebenstreit of St. Louis; two grandsons, Phil and Chris Penzel of Jackson; a granddaughter, Melody Ellington of Fenton; and five great-grandchildren, Ashley Greifzu, Andrea and Allison Penzel, Conner and Courtney Penzel.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Vicki Greifzu.
Mr. and Mrs. Penzel had been residents of Jackson since their marriage in 1931; Mr. Penzel since 1910. He received his college education at Washington University, Central Wesleyan College, and Southeast Missouri State University, graduating in 1930, when he also began his employment as a superintendent with Linus Penzel Construction Co., owned by his father.
From 1937-54 he was a partner in the company, and in 1954 he became owner of Penzel Construction Co. From 1959 through retirement in 1981, he served as president and general manager of Penzel Construction Co. Inc.
Mr. Penzel was a lifelong devoted member of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson, where he served on the church board, was a former president and church treasurer, and built and operated its sound system many years.
Mr. Penzel's construction interest and curiosity spurred his design of a process of precasting exposed aggregate panels face down, weighing up to eight tons, for the KFVS building in Cape Girardeau, and the design of an electric heating system to cure concrete bridge floors in winter.
In the early 1970s he produced two books as a result of his thorough study of the flooding caused by Walker and Cape LaCroix Creeks. The books are on file at the city clerk's office and the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce Office.
Because of Mr. Penzel's sincere dedication to the community, he served on numerous boards, committees and associations, some of which include Jackson R-2 School Board, Cape Girardeau County Parks and Recreation Commission, Southeast Missouri Hospital Board of Directors, former First Exchange Bank Board, Missouri State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, SEMO Contractors Association, Associated General Contractors of Missouri Board of Directors, Jackson Theater Group, and Excelsior Lodge 441.
Mr. and Mrs. Penzel are also well-known for their establishment of Pine Crest, a garden located between Millersville and Oak Ridge, which has now been acclaimed by the Indiana Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society as the largest in the Midwest.
Friends may call Thursday, July 6, from 4-8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, at the funeral home, followed by interment in Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Sam Roethemeyer will officiate.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Carl L. Penzel Memorial Educational Trust Fund, Bank of America, 2001 William Street, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63703.

Theodore August Fornkahl
Theodore August Fornkahl, 83, of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born Feb. 28, 1917, near Egypt Mills, the son of August and Ora Lee McClain Fornkahl. He and Margaret Louise Verble were married Jan. 25, 1948, in Cairo, Ill.
During World War II, Fornkahl served in the U.S. Navy C Bees 31st Battalion from April 6, 1945, to May 24, 1946, in the South Pacific at Omar-Sasabo and Naha, Okinawa, Japan.
Fornkahl had worked for Illinois Power Co. in Jacksonville, Ill., for 33 years, retiring in 1979 as Electric Distribution Superintendent. He had been a member of the American Legion Post #279 in Jacksonville.
In 1981, he moved back to Cape Girardeau and had lived at Saxony Village since 1996. He had been a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church since May 1983.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret "Marge" Fornkahl of Cape Girardeau and a sister, Mildred McMullin of Springfield, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Clifford, Melvin, Raymond, Victor, and Carl Fornkahl; and two sisters, Kathryn Weissinger and Ella Marie Tidwell.
Friends may call 4-8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Chapel.
Funeral service will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, with the Revs. Barry Pfanstiel and Bill Matzat officiating. Burial will follow at Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery. Graveside rites will be conducted by VFW Post 3838.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Dr. James Kinder
Dr. James A. Kinder Jr., a longtime Cape Girardeau physician, volunteer and community leader, died in an automobile accident near Cartersville, Ga., July 1, 2000.
Dr. Kinder was born Aug. 29, 1917, in Cape Girardeau, the son of James and Ella Bohnsack Kinder. He was educated in Cape public schools, graduating as the valedictorian of the Central High School class of 1933 at the age of 15. As a boy, and throughout his life, Kinder was active in Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle.
After two years at Southeast Missouri State Teachers College, Kinder finished his undergraduate training at Washington University in St. Louis, earning his degree in 1937 at the age of 19. He received his M.D. degree from the same institution in 1941 at the age of 23. That year he entered an internship at the old St. Louis City Hospital.
With the outbreak of World War II Dr. Kinder entered the U.S. Army in June 1942 and was assigned to the Air Corps. Commissioned a lieutenant, he served the years 1943-45 as a flight surgeon in the China-Burma-India theater, assigned to the 14th Air Force, Chinese-American Composite Wing. His wartime service saw him promoted to the rank of captain. He was awarded the U.S. Air Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, and the Breast Order of Tao Ping from the Chinese government.
Throughout his life the ties he forged during the war years remained dear to him, and he was active in the 14th Air Force Association, attending countless of its reunions and organizing and hosting many for the squadrons in which he served. These included one last year, hosted at his home. In 1981 he traveled with his wife to Taiwan as guests of that nation's government, where he and his wartime compatriots were feted as honored guests.
Upon discharge from active duty in 1946, Dr. Kinder completed a residency in pediatrics at St. Louis City Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital in 1946-47. He opened a practice in pediatrics in Cape Girardeau in January 1948. In 1950 he passed the board exams for pediatrics, becoming a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1951. This made him one of the first two board-certified physicians in Cape, and for many years he was the only board-certified pediatrician between St. Louis and Memphis. He joined with other physicians and health-care personnel in battling the polio epidemic of 1948-49.
After four years in the Army Reserve, Kinder transferred his commission to the Naval Reserve in 1950, serving continuously until his retirement in 1976 with the rank of captain, U.S. Navy Medical Corps.
On Oct. 30, 1948, he married the former Mary Frances Hunter of Cape Girardeau, who survives. Together they had four sons, James A. Kinder III of Cairo, Ill., Frank M. Kinder of Southlake, Texas, Peter D. Kinder of Cape Girardeau and Maj. Mark H. Kinder of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Helen Kinder Flentge of Cape.
Dr. Kinder's civic and voluntary associations were many. They include serving as board member of the Cape County Heart Association and as a board member of the American Heart Association, Missouri affiliate, for over 30 years, and as president of the same in 1964-65. He was awarded the M. Graham Clark Award by the American Heart Association in 1991.
Dr. Kinder also served on the boards of the state and local Easter Seals, the United Way, the Missouri Crippled Children's Service and on the board of trustees of Southeast Missouri Hospital.
In the 1970s Dr. Kinder was instrumental in recruiting the late Dr. Jesse Ramsey to Cape and in establishing a neo-natal intensive care unit at Southeast Missouri Hospital, where he served on many committees. In the early years of his practice Dr. Kinder practiced at both Cape hospitals. He was one of the last local doctors still making house calls, an almost daily staple of his practice for more than 30 years. During the vast majority of his professional life he was a solo practitioner.
He served state government on various health-related committees. In 1989 he was appointed by former Gov. John Ashcroft to the Advisory Committee on Genetic Diseases for the Missouri Department of Health.
Dr. Kinder served as assistant scoutmaster and scoutmaster of Troop 4, chairman of the troop committee for Troop 3 and served at the district level in many capacities. He was awarded the Award of Merit by the Shawnee District in 1971 and the Silver Beaver by the Greater St. Louis Council, Boy Scouts of America, in 1994. For the last decade he organized and secured speakers for the Southeast Missouri Council Court of Honor for Eagle Scouts held each February at Southeast Missouri State University.
For more than 50 years he was an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church and served on its administrative board. He was a longtime member of the Cape Girardeau Lions Club.
In January of 1997, Dr. Kinder closed his private practice and moved to the Cape Girardeau County Health Clinic where he continued seeing Medicaid patients until the time of his death. That year the Missouri Medical Association awarded him its award for Citizenship and Community Service.
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel from 4-7 p.m. today.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Centenary United Methodist Church. Dr. Clayton Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park.

Marie Richmond
Marie Eleanor Richmond, 83, of Dalton, Ga., died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton.
She was born July 25, 1916, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Louis C. and Clara Umbeck Blattner Sr. She and Irvin J. Richmond were married May 22, 1938, in Cape Girardeau.
The Richmonds were associated with the former Sunny Hill Co. many years.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Alice Stephenson of East Hampton, Mass., Patricia Broadrick and husband, Ray, of Dalton; six granddaughters and spouses, Cara and Dan Harper of Cummington, Mass., Romy and John Martin of North Hampton, Mass., Madeline and Dan Harper of North Hatfield, Mass., Anda and Joe Barnett, Rebecca Broadrick, Sue and Wade Emmett, all of Dalton; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, L.C. "Bud" Blattner, and a sister, Alice Blattner.
Funeral was held Tuesday at First Christian Church, with Tim McIntosh officiating. Burial was in West Hill Cemetery.
Love Funeral Home in Dalton was in charge of arrangements.
Ford and Sons Funeral Home contributed to the information.

Myrtle Dennis
BENTON, Mo. - Myrtle G. Dennis, 80, of Benton died Friday, June 30, 2000, at her home.
She was born April 15, 1920, in Stoddard County, daughter of Samuel Monroe and Viola Lawrence Pratt. She and Sen. John Clint Dennis were married Dec. 2, 1939, at St. Charles. He died Feb. 15, 2000.
Dennis was a homemaker and a member of Benton Methodist Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Nancy Crossen, Kay Davis and Sharon Stuckey, all of Benton; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Hopper of Commerce, Julie Stuckey of Columbia, Lisa Wheetley, Jill Stuckey, Traci Bollinger and John Davis, all of Benton; seven great-grandchildren, Derick and Nikki Wheetley, Whitney and Callie Bollinger, McKenzie Lesch, all of Benton, and Logan and Sydney Hopper of Commerce.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Friends may call at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton from 4-8 p.m. Sunday.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the chapel, with the Rev. Jack Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens at Morley.

Yewell Kraust
Yewell Gene Kraust, 68, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.
He was born Oct. 31, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, son of Louie and Grace Fitzpatrick Kraust. He and Virgie Simmons were married Jan. 14, 1950, in Piggott, Ark.
Kraust retired as general manager of Mid-South Steel Products Inc. He later was self-employed in the petroleum business. He was a former member of SEMO District Fair Board, and was an original member of board of directors of East Cape County Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Yvonne and Jim Wills of Cape Girardeau; a daughter-in-law, Nicki Kraust of Millersville; four sisters, Veda Lemmon and Vella Ford of Cape Girardeau, Jewell Froemsdorf of Jackson, Doris Nance of O'Fallon, Ill.; four grandchildren, Kristin Thorne and husband Bobby of Cape Girardeau, Jamie Wills of Cape Girardeau, Chris Kraust and Randi Kraust of Millersville; and a great-granddaughter, Hailey Thorne of Cape Girardeau.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather; a son, Randy Kraust; and a sister.
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel from 4-8 p.m. today.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the chapel, with the Rev. Zack Strong officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park.

Aloysius Powderly
Aloysius J. Powderly, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.
He was born June 18, 1929, in Red Bud, Ill., son of Mary Estelle Powderly. He and Pearl Staufenbiel were married April 11, 1953, in Fort Lewis, Wash.
Powderly was founder and CEO of SEMO Box Co.
He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, St. Vincent's Men's Association, Knights of Columbus Council 1111, 4th Degree of St. Louis General Assembly of Knights of Columbus, and was past president of Association of Independent Corrugated Converters.
Powderly was a member, past president, and had been sergeant-at-arms the past 10 years of Downtown Rotary Club. He was Rotary president in 1988/89, and had perfect attendance for 15 years.
He served in the U.S. military for 16 years, and was a Korean War era veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Pearl Powderly of Cape Girardeau; three sons, Stephen Powderly of St. Charles, Timothy Powderly of Cape Girardeau, Greg Powderly of Perryville; three daughters, Mary Beth Stoltman of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Jennifer Weiss of Armonk, N.Y., Colleen Arnzen of Cape Girardeau; 19 grandchildren, Nathan Powderly, Stacie Powderly, Brett Powderly, Kate Powderly, Brian Powderly, Shawn Powderly, Nick Powderly, Amelia Stoltman, Thomas Stoltman, Jared Weiss, Geoffrey Weiss, Zander Weiss, Grant Powderly, Lauren Powderly, Jake Powderly, Grace Powderly, Aaron Arnzen, Madeleine Arnzen and Noah Arnzen.
He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Mary and Walter Ruby, and a son, Pat Powderly.
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Chapel from 4-8 p.m. today. Parish prayers will be at 7, followed by Knights of Columbus rosary.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Church, with the Rev. Dan Schulte officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Donald Blattner
JACKSON, Mo. - Donald Kies Blattner, 73, of Jackson died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
He was born March 9, 1927, in Cape Girardeau, son of Charles F. and Helen Kies Blattner. He and Constance Robb were married March 9, 1948, in Cape Girardeau.
Blattner was a graduate of Central High School. He had worked at Coca-Cola Bottling Co., and was a route driver with Sunny Hill Dairy from 1948-83.
He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, member and past commander of VFW Post 3838 in Cape Girardeau, Civil Defense, VFW Lake Committee, and past member of Elks Lodge.
Blattner served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Honor Guard Unit in Berlin during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Constance Blattner of Jackson; a son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Karen Blattner of Jackson, a son, Joe Blattner of Jackson; a daughter and son-in-law, Dorinda and Terry Abbott of Cape Girardeau; three brothers, Paul Blattner of Gordonville, Robert and Charles Blattner of Cape Girardeau; three sisters, Charlotte Sherfield of Cape Girardeau, Jean Henry of St. Louis, Barbara Schaffner of Cape Girardeau; three grandchildren, Stephanie Vines, Brooke Blattner and Donald C.M. Blattner; two great-grandchildren, Victoria Vines and Eli Vines.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel from 4-8 p.m. today.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel, with the Revs. James Caughlan and David Schaffner officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

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